This is incredibly heartbreaking and tragic.
U.S. Olympic track cyclist Kelly Catlin passed away this week, according to her own father who revealed that she took her own life.
Kelly’s dad, Mark Catlin, told VeloNews that his daughter passed away Friday night at her California home. He didn’t get into the details about her suicide. He did, however, say to the outlet, “There isn’t a minute that goes by that we don’t think of her and think of the wonderful life she could have lived … The hurt is unbelievable.”
Catlin helped the U.S. women’s pursuit team win the silver medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016.
USA Cycling chief executive Rob DeMartini said in a statement Sunday that “the entire cycling community is mourning this immense loss. We are offering continuous support to Kelly’s teammates, coaches and staff. We also encourage all those who knew Kelly to support each other through the grieving.”
As well as being a three-time world champion, Catlin was pursuing a graduate degree in computational mathematics at Stanford.